As our desert temperatures begin to drop, the concept of putting a Yule log in the fireplace begins to form. Before you light that woodburning fire, check to make sure it’s “okay” to burn today.
When levels of particulate pollution are expected to reach unhealthy levels, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department issues a “No Burn Day” advisory. Restrictions last for a 24-hour period, starting at midnight, and include a ban on woodburning activity in fireplaces, fire pits and open outdoor fires. Aside from taking a chance on getting a fine for up to $250.00, it’s just not a good idea to add more pollution into the air we breathe.
Arm yourself with the air quality forecast by phone, Internet or email:
- Log on to www.CleanAirMakeMore.com. The home page will show you if any restrictions are in place at the top of the page and on the right side of the page in the Clean Air Make More Desktop Widget.
- Sign up to receive email alerts or text messages when a No Burn Day is issued. Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com and click “Make the Commitment.”
- Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cleanairmakemor or Friend us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CleanAirMakeMore
- Not by a computer? Call the Maricopa County Burn Line at (602) 506-6400 for a recorded message in English and Spanish.
Once you’re aware of the forecast, do your part to avoid adding to the pollution in our air. By taking small, simple steps every day, we can all make a difference.
- Do not use woodburning fireplaces, woodstoves or outdoor firepits on a No Burn Day
- Use a rake or broom instead of using a leaf blower
- Drive slowly or not at all on unpaved roads and vacant lots
- Learn more about air pollution at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act. The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Please visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.
CONTACT: Holly Ward – (602) 506-6713 desk / (602) 526-7307 cell
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality [ADEQ] provides a daily forecast for air quality. When conditions exist, ADEQ will issue high pollution advisories or health watches. Please visit www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/ensemble.pdf or call (602) 771-2367. To receive the air quality forecast via email and/or text message please visit www.azdeq.gov/subscribe.html
CONTACT: Mark Shaffer – (602) 771-2215 desk / (480) 433-9551 cell
Valley Metro/RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16 governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Please visit www.ValleyMetro.org to learn more.
CONTACT: Susan Tierney – (602) 523-6004 desk / (602) 292-4093 cell